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Off-licence boss on theft charge

AN OFF-licence manager has been accused of taking a customer's Laser card details and using them to steal more than €3,000.

John Fitzpatrick (27) is facing charges of theft while he was managing the off-licence in south Dublin. A judge adjourned his case for six weeks at Dublin District Court.

Fitzpatrick, of, Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8, is charged with several counts of theft from the alleged victim at the Carry Out off-licence on James's Street, also in the south inner city.

The court heard the DPP had consented to summary trial of the case in the District Court.

Judge William Early asked for an outline of the allegations to consider jurisdiction.

A garda sergeant said it was alleged that the offences happened while the accused was managing the premises between 2008 and 2009.

He said that Fitzpatrick had obtained a customer's Laser card details and used them to give himself cash back on a number of occasions.

The total amount he was accused of stealing was €3,764.

Defence solicitor Brian MacKenzie said the alleged amount was at issue.

Judge Early said he was satisfied that the offence was minor enough to deal with in the District Court, having heard the alleged facts.

He accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case and adjourned it to October 21. Mr McKenzie said the accused would be in a position to decide on a plea by that date.

Fitzpatrick, who did not address the court during the brief hearing, was remanded on continuing bail.